Manchester is a city of stories and storytellers. It’s also a city of activism, protest, pioneers and radicals. This year’s Manchester Literature Festival welcomes over a hundred of our most talented writers, thinkers and activists to share their work and address burning issues of the day; questioning and re-imagining our relationships with each other and the world around us.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, there is a special event with activist and Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin. The devastating effects of gender inequality are examined by leading human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti.

will selfWe are delighted to be hosting seventeen Manchester Literature Festival events this year at Central Library including Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, Will Self, Roddy Doyle, Harriet Harman and Alan Hollinghurst.

Authors from Argentina, China, Denmark, India, Pakistan and Somalia share their stories and experiences, alongside showcase events for the brilliant Refugee Tales: Volume II, Know Your Place: Working Class Writers on the Working Class and The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write anthologies.

There’s lots of activity to inspire future generations of readers, including a zany Bathroom Boogie, rhyming fun with Rastamouse, a zoo full of monsters, and the moving tale of a small boy caught up in the chaos of border crossing to mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of India.

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